Not everyone has the time to work out in the gym. I personally know several people who paid for one-year gym memberships that they were not able to maximize. By this time, busy people should be able to gauge whether they could regularly squeeze in an hour or two at the gym or if it would really be more convenient to do their exercises at home.

hubby and I trying out one of the new Matrix machines
The good news is, there are now retail products that can bring a premium workout experience to one's home so that anyone could have a higher level of satisfaction when it comes to their fitness routines. Last May 9, Taiwan-based Johnson Health Tech launched its Matrix line of cardio fitness equipment, which were previously available only in a gym or club setting. The event was graced by Mr. Katsuya Ito, President of Johnson Health Tech Philippines, Inc.

Now, users can experience the dynamic performance and uncompromising design of Matrix products in the comfort of their own home. Fitness enthusiast couple Coaches Jim and Toni Saret enthused about the high quality construction of each Matrix equipment, affirming their durability and performance backed by industry-leading technology.

Coaches Toni and Jim Saret with the Johnson Health Tech team
Mark Zabel, VP of Global Marketing and Product Development for Johnson Health Tech, shared, "For years, Matrix Fitness has been a trusted partner in the commercial fitness industry worldwide and we are excited to extend the Matrix brand to our home fitness customers."

Optimized for home use, the machines have a compact design to fit comfortably in the home workout space as well as superior styling that sets a new standard for how home fitness equipment should look. Some of them even have intuitive consoles that gives users choice, whether it's an advanced experience that includes access to their favorite apps, social media, premium entertainment, stunning virtual journeys, etc., or a simple display with accurate, easy-to-read feedback that tracks heart rate, distance, watts, and other workout metrics.

intuitive console that has customizable displays
The Matrix retail line includes:

Treadmills – Offering the industry’s most advanced frame and deck combination, Matrix treadmills strike the perfect balance between engineering and aesthetics. The welded steel frame provides superior stability and the front wheel transport makes moving the treadmill easy. The Ultimate Deck System combines a heavy-duty frame, extra-thick deck and industrial-grade cushions for miles of durable performance. Also available in a folding design, the deck can be lifted to a near-90 degree angle and rolled away to save space. Additional performance options include the exclusive Johnson Drive System providing unmatched consistency and smoothness, available on the TF50.

Ellipticals – The most compact, most comfortable and smoothest ellipticals in the industry, Matrix ellipticals feature wheel- and track-free Suspension Elliptical Technology, which reduces noise and friction, while providing a smooth, consistent feel. Available on the E50 model, the exclusive Exact Force Induction Brake offers smooth, easy and precise resistance changes at the touch of a button. 

Matrix treadmill and elliptical trainer
Ascent Trainers – Matrix Ascent Trainers deliver an exceptionally smooth, ultra-comfortable exercise experience. The unique suspension design with PerfectStride leveraged extensive research to combine an ideal stride motion, ergonomically correct foot positioning, correct posture and a variable stride length that adjusts as incline changes for a more natural-feeling workout. Similar to Matrix ellipticals, the Ascent Trainers feature wheel- and track-free Suspension Elliptical Technology.

Bikes – Matrix exercise bikes are designed for users of all shapes and sizes and are available in upright and recumbent bike designs that feature Matrix’s Dual Form Frame, which provides superior stability and easy step-through access, as well as an ergonomic Comfort Arc Seat to maximize support, and the Exact Force Induction Brake (select models), which makes it easy to quickly and smoothly change resistance. The Matrix ES Indoor Cycle offers a true-to-life riding experience with a smooth, heavy flywheel, and easy adjustments to give every user an ideal riding position.

Matrix ascent trainer and recumbent bike

The Matrix retail line is available at Johnson Fitness and Wellness concept stores in Commercenter Alabang, Muntinlupa City; Pioneer Center Kapitolyo, Pasig City; and SM City Clark, Pampanga. For more information about Matrix products, please visit

I love FAVORI scents! They are so varied and allow me to "create my favorite feeling" depending on my mood using our leaf aerator at home. But, I have to admit that with more than 30 scents to choose from, selecting specific aromas can sometimes be a bit overwhelming :) 

my FAVORI scents at home
So I am glad that FAVORI grouped the scents into four collections to simplify the search for the perfect aroma using feelings we can easily relate to: Refreshing, Relaxing, Upbeat, and Sexy. By doing so, the brand has definitely made it easier for everyone to "Create Your Favorite Feeling."

Angel Aquino, the face of FAVORI
Model/host/actress Angel Aquino shares her thoughts on each new grouping:

Refreshing Collection - "Sometimes a packed taping schedule drains all my energy," admits Angel. "The cooling scent of the Winter Mint Aroma Oil in my Aerator Device is just what I need to recharge and feel refreshed, so I can spend some after-work quality time with my daughters." Like her, you can freshen up with the cheerful citrus aromas and crisp herbal notes of this group of scents that includes: Lemon, Lemon Grass, Pink Grapefruit, Rain Dance, The Vert (Green Tea), Verveine Fleur (Verbena), and Winter Mint. 

recharge with the Refreshing Collection
Relaxing Collection - According to Angel, lavender is her all-time favorite Relaxing scent. "I use FAVORI's Lavender Aroma Oil on my Aerator and their Sleep and Relaxation Salve on my temples to melt away all the day's stress and prep for a restful sleep." You, too, can find a unique scent that can help you feel less stressed, unwind, and relax any time of the day. Choose from Citronella, Jasmine, Lavender, Magnolia Bloom, Olive Branch, Peppermint, Sea Breeze, Vanilla, and Coco Vanilla.

unwind using scents from the Relaxing Collection
Upbeat Collection - Need an extra spring in your step? Among FAVORI's Upbeat Collection of scents, Angel says, "The Cinnamon Spice Aroma Oil never fails to brighten up my mood." So, for a quick pick-me-up, check out any of these invigorating, happy aromas: Apple Verde, Cinnamon Spice, Coffee Caramel, Eucalyptus, Fresh Cut Grass, Merry Berry, Sunkissed Citrus, Tropical Blast, and Mango Mandarin.

treat yourself to a perky scent from the Upbeat Collection 
Sexy Collection - "Scent is a big part of feeling sexy. FAVORI's Premium Reed Diffuser in Cranberry Wine, in its elegant bottle and full, fruity fragrance helps set that sensual mood, even when I'm just lounging at home." So, yes, sexy is a feeling and you can discover alluring scents with FAVORI's sweet yet sensual aromas that come in Cherry Blossom, Cranberry Wine, Ginger Flower, Berry Kiss, Choco Almond, and the new Bouquet Floral.

channel your sensual side via FAVORI's Sexy Collection
FAVORI is a handcrafted home fragrances brand that dreams to provide the local market with quality and long-lasting ambient scents for the soul suited for various living spaces at affordable prices. It offers topnotch aromatic products designed to uplift the ambience and improve people's moods. 

other FAVORI items you would also love
Enjoy FAVORI at home, at work, or at any living space. Aside from the soothing Aroma Oils, Reed Diffusers, Soy Aroma Candles, and Aroma Pouches, make sure to also discover FAVORI's Wellness line that offers Air Sprays, Salves, and Massage Oils that are geared to improve a person's mindset and create a positive feeling towards wellbeing. 

Purchase FAVORI items at their stores in Robinson's Place Manila, SM Megamall, SM City Marikina, SM Southmall, and Market! Market!


Summer breaks give us, parents, more time to oversee our children's food choices and encourage them to pursue fitness activities. However, once they start going to school again, it gets more difficult to monitor if they're still eating healthy given their exposure to a lot of junk foods outside the home.

with my youngest son at the super cool photo booth
Thus, Robinsons Supermarket encourages families, especially students, to continue their journey towards healthy living this back-to-school season by discovering nutritious and rewarding food choices through Learn Wellness, the second promo event in the Route to Wellness campaign. 

Robinsons' Aja Totanes with representatives of brand partners
Last Saturday, Robinsons Supermarket held its Magical World of Wellness event at Eastwood Central Plaza. I love the enchanting Harry Potter world setup, especially the photo booth where my son and I got to dress up as wizards from Hogwarts! All the booths have their own creative themes and interesting activities that guests got to enjoy. 

at the potion-making booth
The fun wizarding exercises included a VTR game, potion-making, and finders-keepers game. Select moms were also able to learn how to make bento-boxes that they can prepare for their kids' baon when school starts next month. All these activities aim to help educate kids and kids-at-heart on the importance of proper nutrition and regular exercise.

creative riddle game on the cover of a book!
Robinsons Supermarket's Route to Wellness campaign is the company's commitment to strengthen its We Love Wellness advocacy that enables it to provide healthier food options and alternatives to Filipinos. 

our stamp card used to visit all the booths
From May 1 to June 30, 2017, shoppers will get a P100 OFF coupon for a minimum single receipt purchase of P3,000 at Robinsons Supermarket. Purchases must be inclusive of P500 worth of participating products from Nestle, CDO, Splash, Wyeth, or Purefoods. Loyal shoppers can also earn additional 10 Robinsons Rewards Card points when they buy select Nestle products during this promo.

another educational booth with costumed assistants
Personally, I am really happy to support advocacies that promote health and wellness since my husband and I are also actively trying to keep our family fit through running and other physical activities as well as through healthy food choices.

some samples of healthy food choices
Please stay updated with Robinsons Supermarket's upcoming activities and learn more about its Route to Wellness campaign by liking and visiting

May is, hands down, the month for moms so let us celebrate Mother's Day with good food, great company, and memorable activities with the special lady we love! If you live in or near Alabang, Muntinlupa, here are several ideas on how you can make the month of May an enjoyable one for Mom and the whole family when you visit Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila ...

a Flavors of Mexico lunch with hubby at Cafe 8
a day before my birthday and one week before Mother's Day
1. Go on a unique gastronomic feast with Mom by relishing the Flavors of Mexico at Cafe 8. Buen Provecho started last Cinco de Mayo and will be around until May 14. My husband and I had lunch there yesterday and had a tummy-filling time enjoying vibrant, fresh, colorful, and spicy Mexican fare like tacos, gambas al ajillo, apple burritos, and many more! 

taco and side dishes
And since there's a Tequila bar, you can partner your savory feast with a Margarita! Lunch buffet rate per person is P1,5,14 nett while dinner buffet rate is P1,729 nett. Both come with free flowing drinks. I suggest you ask for a cup or two of Mexican coffee. It goes very well with the desserts!

Mexican coffee and desserts = perfect combination
2. Have a staycation with Mom by availing of Crimson's exclusive Mother's Day room packages. Let Mom choose the kind of pampering she wants: The Indulge room package starts at PhP 4,800++, inclusive of overnight stay with buffet breakfast for two (2) persons, Afternoon Delight with two (2) glasses of wine at The Lobby Lounge, and a Pampering Kit. 

inside one of Crimson Hotel's Deluxe Twin rooms
If Mom is in for a relaxing mood, get the Invigorate room package. Room rate starts at PhP 4,800++ for an overnight stay inclusive of buffet breakfast for two (2) persons, one-hour massage for two (2) persons, and Pampering Kit. The Inspire room package starts at PhP 5,200 nett inclusive of overnight stay with breakfast for two persons, Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch for two (2) persons and a Pampering Kit.

make sure to pamper Mom on her special day
3. Treat Mom to a special Sunday Brunch on Mother's Day, May 14, at Cafe 8. Impress her with an exciting variety of bold flavors featuring Mexican specialties and Cafe 8’s signature dishes such as Wagyu Beef and Fresh Seafood Buffet. To liven up the celebration, a Mariachi Band will play melodies of love and happiness for all Moms. In addition, Moms will get special gifts like flowers, pralines and a glass of pineapple Bellini. Buffet rate per person is P 1,900 nett. Make a reservation asap for this special day as the first ten Moms will get a free beauty makeover, photo shoot session, and a take home picture. 

Mother's Day Sunday Brunch
4. Spend Mother’s Day at The Lobby Lounge on May 14, from 3PM to 5PM. Aside from a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, there will be a pianist playing live in the background. Have several bites filled with the richness of a slice of red velvet cake, chocolate lipstick, French macaroons, eton mess, brie cheese en croute with berry mousse and walnut, and chicken mousse tart with cherry tomato. Rate for two persons is Php 750 nett only.

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea
5. Take Mom to dinner at The Lobby Lounge from 6PM to 10PM. Tapas for Mamas is an evening break with a different twist as there will be flavorful tapas like an assortment of scallops, salmon, tuna and crab; freshest picks from the garden; a juicy combination of chicken, beef tenderloin, pork and lamb—followed by a delightful glass of wine. Rate per person is Php 799 nett, which includes one tapas platter and a glass of wine.

Tapas for Mamas
For booking or more information, please visit the official website at or call (02) 863-2222.

I love christenings! Whether it's a baby being welcomed to the Christian world or a store opening celebration, there's always something joyful about the thought of new beginnings and achieving brand new milestones.

christening the #AirAsiaxPuregold aircraft with a water cannon salute 
Thus, I consider it a privilege to have witnessed the launch of the first Puregold livery aircraft that was welcomed at Clark International Airport yesterday with an awesome water cannon salute ceremony. The Philippine retailer has definitely gone full swing by taking its retail marketing from the ground to the skies in partnership with AirAsia.

The launch featured the first of two plane liveries with Puregold's official name and logo prominently displayed on both sides of the body of an Airbus A320 aircraft. According to Puregold Price Club Inc. President Vincent Co, the day heralded a perfect opportunity to expand their brand's reach like all things that they have been doing since the retail chain started in 1998 up to its Initial Public Offering in 2011. He affirmed, "Our partnership with AirAsia, a globally recognized brand, is anchored on a shared commitment to deliver value and the best quality service."

Mr. Co and Captain Comendador at the tarmac
Philippines AirAsia CEO Captain Dexter Comendador likewise acknowledged how honored they are to be carrying "a homegrown retail brand on the ground and in the skies, extending as far as the whole of ASEAN region to China, Korea, and into the AirAsia Group's massive network of over 120 destinations."

"We are a sociable and innovative brand. We also take pride of our collaborative nature and this new livery demonstrates AirAsia's creative approach to partnerships and marketing opportunities especially with companies that support and promote the Filipino brand of excellent service," described Captain Comendador.

a miniature Puregold livery aircraft
He further added that Puregold espouses the same culture that AirAsia has. "They take care of the their employees like we do." As to the partnership, he confirmed that flights of the two aircraft with Puregold livery will be used for both local and international flights.

Apart from Mr. Co and Captain Comendador, the unveiling ceremonies were also graced by Clark International Airport Corporation President Alexander Cauguiran and Philippines AirAsia Head of Ancillary Business Karlo Sanchez.

(from left) AirAsia Cabin Crew, Mr. Sanchez, Capt. Comendador, Mr. Co,
Mr. Cauguiran, and another Cabin Crew
A proudly ASEAN airline that has been voted the world's best low cost carrier for eight consecutive years by Skytrax, AirAsia in the Philippines operates a fleet of 17 aircraft with local flights to/from Manila, Davao, Cebu, Kalibo, Caticlan, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Puerto Prinsesa, and Clark along with international flights to/from Shanghai, Taipei, Incheon, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, and Singapore.

Meanwhile, Puregold ended 2016 with a total of 329 stores nationwide. These included 277 Puregold stores, 12 S&R Membership Shopping warehouses, 23 S&R New York Style fast-food outlets, nine NE Bodega Supermarkets, and eight Budgetlane Supermarkets.

I have a deep respect for makeup artists who can transform their clients’ looks and make them even more beautiful. I am sure fellow non-experts would agree how hard it is to apply makeup seamlessly to achieve a flawless look. 

makeup artists and their models
(from left) Irina Zinchenko, Nap CandelariaAlla Alla, Muriel Jada Nubla
Sandra Ma, and Zidjian Floro
Of course, anyone who loves wearing makeup likes being updated on the latest trends and keep learning from the masters. Like many popular makeup artists, a lot of us also enjoy checking out the latest and hottest products, which can be easily found at The SM Store Beauty Section

As the Philippines’ biggest beauty retailer that carries numerous global brands in its impressive interiors, The SM Store Beauty Section lives up to its status as a haven for everyone longing for a unique beauty experience.

makeup industry icons: Fanny Serrano, Bambi Fuentes, and Jesi Mendez
This past week, over 200 of the best makeup artists in the Philippines flocked to the SM Beauty Section of SM Makati to join a Glam Session event and shopping party that celebrated the long and solid relationship between SM Beauty and its clientele. As a token of appreciation, each makeup artist guest received an SM Beauty PRO-Card that entitles them to enjoy 10% discount on purchases, other perks from the store, first dibs on new collections, and exclusive invites to events.

Part of the activities was a contest/demo on creating “the mermaid look” in partnership with BYS Cosmetics. Three talented makeup artists took on the challenge and, while all the creations turned out to be amazing, MJ Nubla bagged the top spot and won some awesome prizes. 

SM Beauty Pro-Card for make up professionals
The SM Store Beauty Section is the biggest store in the country offering “So Much Beauty” with its wide range of cosmetics and fragrances. In fact, the flagship store in SM Makati spans almost 2,500 square meters, housing almost 200 of the most esteemed local and global beauty brands.

Some of the brands to be found at the Cosmetics and Skin section include Dior, MAC, Clinique, Aveda, Kiehl’s, Glamglow, and more. Luxury fragrances, on the other hand, boasts of Prada, Nest, Lalique, Atelier Colognes, Thiery Mugler, Guerlain, Jean Patou, etc. SM Beauty moreover carries notable names such as BYS, Happy Skin, Pixi, Ofra, K-Palette, Nyx, The Body Shop, and many others.

master makeup artist Jigs Mayuga, beauty queen Shamsey Supsup, and Jing Monis
Whether you are just starting your journey in discovering the benefits of makeup or are already an expert in creating the perfect look, do explore the world of SM Beauty where you can find the best of the best from makeup and skin care to fragrance brands. Don’t forget to bring your SM Advantage, SM Prestige, or BDO Rewards card as these are also entitled to exclusive discounts and promos at The SM Store Beauty Section! 

Billy Joe Crawford stole the hearts of fans when he was first discovered at age three many years ago. The cute and talented little boy swiftly became popular on local TV for his singing and dancing talents. Although he left the Philippines when he was 12 to study in the United States, he continued performing there.

Billy for Burger King
In 1995, the young man appeared with legendary Michael Jackson at the MTV Music Awards. Now known as Billy Crawford, the multi-awarded singer has tracks that topped charts not only in the Philippines but also in countries like France and Switzerland. 

Billy returned to the country in 2008 and has since hosted a string of TV shows. He is currently engaged to young actress Coleen Garcia with whom he has cheesy and kilig stories about.

BK's 4 delicious Cheese Whopper
Speaking of cheese, have you tried the 4 Cheese Whopper yet? It is a huge burger filled to the brim with four kinds of gooey delicious cheesy goodness atop a perfect patty between fresh buns!  

Last April 25th, Burger King held a special event where guests had a beefy and cheesy afternoon filled with delicious flame-grilled whoppers, fun games, and a special performance and interview with Billy who gamely wore a crown.

Burger King Philippines team
As the newest member of the Burger King Squad, the multitalented performer is hailed as a new King who perfectly embodies the brand’s Crown Standard. Since 1954, Burger King has been producing flame-grilled burgers that taste like you just had them cooked in the backyard. The patties are 100% beef with no fillers, preservatives, and no nonsense. 

Hosted by Sam YG, the launch transformed Burger King Greenhills into an afternoon backyard cheesy party with seats sporting cheesy lines from romantic comedies, chick flicks, and classic cheesy expressions. 

Billy and Sam
Burger King is proud to welcome Billy who, like the 4 Cheese Whopper made of the best ingredients, remains one of the best talents in the local showbiz scene today.

Shopping, for many people, is an enjoyable activity. However, there are factors that can turn a supposedly fun task into a dreadful one: super long lines, a hot environment, and difficulty in finding stuff that you're looking for, among other things.

Super8's house brand, Great Buy, offers various household products
According to Alvin Lim, Chief Executive Officer of Super8 Grocery Warehouse, they recognize that many of their customers are shopkeepers and mothers who appreciate not only saving money but also saving time. "Our focus is not really in the products we sell but how we do things. We put a lot of value in service. So we not only provide shoppers with affordability, but convenience and accessibility as well." 

Super8's Alvin Lim and Armand Mendoza
"When they go to Super8, we hope we have lesser lines and more products so they won't have to look for them anywhere else," he explains. "At the end of the day, we are very customer-centric. Whatever we do, it has to always lead up to the customers having a better experience inside our stores. And we want to be consistent about that."

bundled canned goods
"Hindi nauuso sa amin ang pababaan ng presyo kasi, nakamura ka nga, pawis-pawis ka naman, masama ang loob mong namili ka, na-hassle ka pa. We found those out based on the customers we have," he reasons. "Sometimes, value is not really monetary but the balance of comfort and how the store understands customers' needs."

first day of Super8's Fun Fest 
These past three days, Super8 held its annual event to bring together its key business partners and to thank its loyal customers for their continued patronage. On its fifth year, Super8 Funfest showcased numerous shopping deals, entertainment numbers from popular celebrities, and exciting raffle prizes and freebies. "This is our way of saying thank you to our cardholders," affirmed Armand Mendoza, Super 8 General Manager. "Here, shoppers easily get at least 12% savings plus freebies and entertainment."  

a promo girl with one of the cute mascots during the Fun Fest
Funfest attendees had a treat visiting various booth presented in a Bida Ka Sa Savings Serye theme. The creativity of the designs definitely embodied the event's goal to be the biggest savings serye to hit primetime shopping. Held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, Super8 Funfest gave shoppers chances to win gadgets, appliances, gift certificates, motorcycles, and a brand new Toyota Avanza apart from offering more than a thousand good shopping deals.

creative booths inside World Trade Center
When asked how they named the grocery warehouse, Lim shared, "Super is the mindset of how we look at things. Anything we start we really want to make it super while eight means lucky. So, super lucky." He also described how the business grew as the customers evolved.

fun fishing activity at the Oishi booth
For instance, aside from the Super8 Rewards Card, the store has launched a mobile app so customers can easily track their points and check the latest promos. "To be relevant, we have to evolve with our customers," Lim pointed out. "Now, we can engage with them electronically and digitally via the app and I think it will help us be more successful at communicating with them better."   

freebies at the Unilab booth
With 60 stores already in existence, Super8 is planning to open 10 stores a year in the next three years. "But, more than telling people we have these many stores, for us, it's just a number. What's more important is knowing how many happy people we are able to serve. I think that is a better way to gauge how successful our company is," concluded Lim.

I've been shopping at Watsons for years because it's usually where I could easily find some of the best beauty and health products along with really great deals. I love how I am able to try new items without worrying too much about the price because they are sometimes sold at discounted prices or buy-one-take-one bundles.

I first discovered these argan oil products when Watsons offered them before
at buy-two-take-one. Two of my friends and I divided the sale price between us
and found out how great these products are. Now I buy them regularly! 
Earlier this week, Asia's leading health and beauty retailer launched its "Members Get More" campaign that makes visiting a Watsons store even more exciting. Now, cardholders of SM Advantage Card (SMAC), SM Prestige, and BDO Rewards can get more savings, more points, and more value when they buy products from more than 500 Watsons branches nationwide.

more savings, more points, more value
apply for an SMAC membership today!
Many of us, I'm sure, would have more reasons to shop at Watsons given additional rewards and exclusive privileges for card-bearing customers. Be entitled to "members only" promotions by looking for the Green Member Tag on hundreds of products that indicate low prices. What's more, the rewards points you earn on your card can be used to pay for your next purchases!

dozens of sun care products sold at lower members prices
Additionally, members also get exclusive freebies and join eRaffle promos exclusively for us! One good example is the recent Make Your Summer Promo where members get a chance to win a trip for four to any of five local summer destinations. Read more about that one, here. Plus, members will also be first to be notified of upcoming deals and offers as well as receive invites to exclusive events.

Watsons Team (from left) Armalu Villapando, Viki Encarnacion, 
Loi Sanchez, Lance German, and Liezl Badlis
Viki Encarnacion, Watsons Marketing Director, affirmed how much they want to make their shoppers feel special. "So we make sure they enjoy perks of being a loyal customer every time they visit our stores. With the Members Get More program, they can get more savings, more points, and even get exclusive prices by using their SM Advantage, SM Prestige, and BDO Rewards card."

make sure to look for the green member tag to get the best deals
Not yet an SMAC holder? Simply sign up for membership at any Watsons store nationwide to start enjoying the benefits of the Members Get More program!

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